This August, Marvel fans’ streaming devices are set to explode when Marvel’s The Defenders finally arrive in all their glory. Two seasons of Daredevil and a season each of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have been spent intricately building the grim and gritty world of the MCU’s New York City in the five years following the Battle for New York. Now The Defenders looks set to seriously up the ante, with the biggest team-up of Marvel superheroes since last year’s Captain America: Civil War.
The first trailer for The Defenders drops tantalizing teases of just how the Netflix all-star team up show will play with all of the toys in The Defenders’ toy box, set to a slowed-down version of Nirvana’s grunge classic “Come As You Are”. We have long-awaited meet ups, new relationships, the return of many old favorites, and a compelling new villain threatening not just Hell’s Kitchen but the entire city. Here’s how The War for New York is shaping up in Marvel’s The Defenders.
Daredevil Meets Jessica Jones
The trailer re-introduces us to Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) exactly how fans best remember her: defiant, tetchy, and in trouble with the law. This time, Jones is being held in Detective Misty Knight’s (Simone Missick) interrogation room for disrupting a city-wide investigation, stealing evidence from a crime scene, and getting Knight’s only lead killed. She needs legal representation, which unexpectedly arrives in the form of Matthew Murdock (Charlie Cox), who introduces himself as Jessica’s attorney. And with that, the worlds of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage seamlessly collide. Later in the trailer, Daredevil even dons Jessica’s famous scarf, turning it into a makeshift version of his original mask.
When season 2 of Daredevil ended, Nelson and Murdock, Matt’s law firm with his best friend Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), was dissolved. Foggy went to work for Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz, the law firm run by another regular player in the Netflix series, Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss). It was unclear if Matt would continue practicing law, but it seems like the blind lawyer of Hell’s Kitchen will use his legal expertise to get the superpowered private detective out of yet another fine mess she has found herself in.
Power Man and Iron Fist
When Luke Cage ended, the titular hero of Harlem with the unbreakable skin was hauled off to the pen. After he was exposed as Carl Lucas on television, he was taken into custody because he “owed the state of Georgia time.” We see Luke Cage (Mike Colter) return to New York City, time apparently served, and reunited with his love interest Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). Of course, while Luke was doing his time, Claire befriended the newest hero in New York City, Danny Rand a.k.a. the Immortal Iron Fist (Finn Jones). We last saw Danny at the entrance of the magical city K’un-Lun with Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), realizing that his departure allowed the city to be attacked by evil ninja cult The Hand. Danny and Colleen have apparently returned to New York in pursuit of the Hand, who have been laying plans there over the course of the various series.
“You’re on the same side,” Claire pleads with Luke and Danny, but before the famed comic book duo known as the Heroes for Hire can become pals, as per Marvel comics tradition, they must first fight each other. One of the coolest shots in the trailer is Danny’s glowing Iron Fist pounding Luke’s unbreakable chin. Luke mocking Danny’s superhero code name also draws a big laugh.